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ARI-Heidelberg Mitteilungen Serie A, No. 195

Author(s): Wielen, R.
Title: Dissolution of Star Clusters in Galaxies
Source: In: The Harlow-Shapley Symposium on Globular Cluster Systems in Galaxies. Proc. IAU Symp. 126, Cambridge, MA, USA, 25-29 August 1986; J.E. Grindlay, A.G.D. Philip (eds.), Kluwer, Dordrecht, p. 393-408
Year: 1988
Abstract: We present a procedure which allows to predict the dissolution times of star clusters in a simple way. The dissolution time of a cluster depends mainly on its total mass, its median radius and its galactic environment (galactic tidal field and passing massive objects). As an example, we discuss the lifetimes of LMC clusters. Finally, we show that massive black holes, which have been proposed as the major constituent of the dark coronae of galaxies, are very effective in destroying globular clusters.
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